Anthony Capella spends part of each year travelling in Italy. He is based in London and this is his first novel.
An American studying art in Rome, Laura thinks she is through with Italian men, until her friend persuades her to give bella romance another chance by dating a chef since chefs are good with their hands. At first, Tomasso thinks that Laura is just another beautiful American who will quickly succumb to his sexy wiles, but he discovers that she is holding out for a man who can cook. After telling Laura he is a chef at one of Rome's most famous restaurants, Tomasso-who is actually only a waiter-begs his friend Bruno to use his culinary gifts to help him woo Laura. Bruno, who is shy everywhere but the kitchen, agrees, only to discover that he is helping his friend seduce the woman he loves. With its vividly detailed setting, wonderfully amusing characters, and beautifully described native dishes, Capella's earthy and seductive debut novel is as irresistible as good Italian cooking. Seasoned with the right blend of romance and humor, it invites readers to savor each delicious word. Highly recommended for all public libraries. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/04.]-John Charles, Scottsdale P.L., AZ Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
'THE FOOD OF LOVE is a splendid, linen suit, panama hat, distant lawnmower kind of a book; guaranteed to whisk you far from this drizzly island, soothe you, warm you and return you home again without losing any of your luggage' Hugh Laurie'I read it while travelling in Italy and really enjoyed the whole concept of chefs, love, Italy, food and sex' Rose Gray, owner of The River Cafe'Gastronomic delights' WOMAN'S OWN'A romantic and sensual novel that s full of wonderful recipes' WOMAN AND HOME'One of the most enjoyable books I've read this summer Capella's descriptions of Bruno's meals are so tantalisingly vivid you'll want to pour a glass of wine and join them. A delicious read!' IRISH TIMES'Capella's sensual language is channelled into passages describing the intricate preparation and ravenous devouring of food passionate and spirited' EROTIC REVIEW'A bitter-sweet CYRANO DE BERGERAC style tale of seduction and unrequited love.' GLAMOUR'A delectable treat.' IRISH EXAMINER
"She had never eaten food like this before. No: she had never eaten before." And that's just the first of 22-year-old Laura Patterson's gustatory epiphanies in Rome, where she has come to study art history. Handsome Tomasso seduces her with succulent baby artichokes and frothy zabagliones, but what the reader knows and Laura doesn't is that Tomasso is a waiter. The creator of the rapturous meals is his best friend, Bruno, who has a big nose, a poet's soul and a mad passion for Laura. Capella's spin on Cyrano is his debut novel, but his sentences are as expert as Bruno's sauces, and he serves up a brilliant meal of soothing predictabilities punctuated by surprises. Secondary characters are fully realized, especially earthy Benedetta, Bruno's truffle country consolation until she urges him to follow his heart back to Laura. The cooking lesson e-mails at the end of the book are like a second glass of grappa, too much of a good thing, but Capella is deservedly the subject of buzz in the food world. This is a foodie treat. Agent, Caradoc King, A.P. Watt, London. (July 12) Forecast: Sophisticated gourmets will realize right away that Capella's no poseur (he quotes Marcella Hazan, for starters). With film rights sold to Warner and foreign rights sold in Brazil, Finland, Germany, Holland, Japan, Sweden and the U.K, this is poised for high-caloric success. Five-city author tour. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.